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Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Stylish Distraction: Fashion & Films

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Hello, my friends. I hope you are having a wonderful day. I initially released this post a few days ago but made updates to it. I hope you enjoy it. This post was prompted by a movie I saw a few days ago, Belle. If you are not aware of the film it is about a bi-racial girl born of a British aristocrat and an African former slave whom was reared from early childhood until young adulthood by her father’s family in England during the late 1700s.  I won’t give away too much of the plot in case you are planning to see this movie; however, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The reason I mention this movie is because throughout the film I found myself whispering to my mother about one beautiful dress after another that was worn throughout the film by the ladies.  You see it is common for me to find myself distracted by fashion during a film. I don't just mean movies that in some way involve the fashion industry either.  I began to wonder if this is out of the norm or if fellow fashion lovers sometimes get distracted by clothing that characters wear in a movie. Soon after I began to find out if it is common for others to be as inspired as I am by the costumes in a film I learned that not just a few collections have been inspired by films but this phenomenon seems as if it will be forever more the norm.

Just take a look at the Lookbooks and collections below and let me know what you think. I am not going to disclose whom the Lookbooks and collections were inspired by because I am fairly sure you can guess and, if not, here's a hint:  They are on my list of stylish films below.

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I am going to share with you films, old and new, which have had this same effect on me.  They really do support my own hypothesis that clothing can sometimes be a charming distraction while movie-watching.

 



American Hustle (2013)
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The Great Gatsby (1974 and 2013)




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Clueless (1995)
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Marie Antoinette (2007)
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Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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Rear Window (1954)
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The Hunger Games / The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2012 and 2013)

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Anna Karenina (2012)
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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
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Casino (1995)
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Desperately Seeking Susan (1995)
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A Single Man (2009)

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Out of Africa (1985)
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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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All 007 Movies (but top honors to Dr. No released in 1962)
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*Honorable mention goes to a film that I do not consider as stylish; however, because it brought tulle skirts back into popularity as quickly as you can count from one to three it would be a sin for me not to mention it: The Black Swan

The interesting thing is if I consider a film to be mediocre or completely inconsequential while I am watching it the distraction is sometimes more than welcomed. I thought the Devil Wears Prada was okay but I have to admit it was a letdown from the book. I believe most of the film critics rated it fairly; however, the clothing worn by Miranda Priestly, Emily Charlton and ultimately Andrea (Andy) Sachs would get a solid four of four stars.

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I think this is the reason, throughout the years, during movie awards’ season many costumer designers are awarded for their designs on movies that really have not been that effective in reaching a wide audience.  In addition, there are many movies that have made millions based on the attire worn by the characters in the film. Admit it; how many of you have been less than enthused about a movie after seeing it but you went to see the movie again and maybe even purchased it after it came out on DVD solely because you wanted to see the fashions in the movie once again?

Many designers must indulge in the same activity because they were so enthralled by the films below they created collections inspired by the film they so loved.

The Badgley Mischka Fall 2013 runway collection looks below were inspired by Alfred Hitchock movies featuring femme fatales:



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Badgley Mischka was also inspired to create the Spring 2013 runway looks below because of their admiration for the 1936 movie, A Midsummer Night's Dream.


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Chanel's Resort 2013 collection was inspired by the film Marie Antoinette.




Alexander Berardi's SS11 Collection was inspired by Jean Seberg in the 1960 movie Breathless.


 
 
Ralph Lauren's SS12 collection was inspired by the Great Gatsby which is quite interesting as you will find out later.



Designers are certainly influenced by the clothing in movies. Several clothing styles are still a product of films such as The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and other top films. Jumpsuits were somewhat popular before American Hustle was released but post-American Hustle they are even more so a common trend. Even clothing styles from the film Clueless which is certainly not a recent film just keep coming back into heavy rotation. Have you seen solo artist Iggy Azalea’s music video, Fancy? It is an homage to the film Clueless. Somehow, I think the knee-high with socks and mini-skirts look may be around for a while. The resurgence of popular clothing styles is often directly related to the entertainment industry is it not? Often, there is no stopping clothing styles once they are seen on the big screen or are worn by popular music artist.


In addition, film productions seem to be relying more and more on fashion designers to collaborate with them on the wardrobes of the film’s characters and in one case to direct the film. Guess whom collaborated on the films below? Because of the fashionistas you are I am sure you know the answer, and if not, just scroll down further.

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1. Tom Ford directed the film
2. Miuccia Prada's designs were used for many of the costumes worn in the party scenes.
3. Rodarte: The design team of Laura and Kate Mulleavy

Guess whom designed Robert Redford's costumes in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby?  If you guessed (or knew already) that it is Ralph Lauren you really know your film costumes' history.

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Take a look at the runway collections below. I think they reinforce the innate talent of the designers whom collaborated on other movies among my stylish films list and the reason behind why they were tapped to crossover into the film industry.


Tom Ford:
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Prada:
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Rodarte:


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Ralph Lauren:
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What do you think is there an almost symbiotic relationship between films and fashion designers? Which film's costumes were among the best in your opinion? Is there a film I did not mention here that included a sea of one breathtaking costume after another? I would love to know your thoughts so please share them. You know I love to hear from you.

Until next time, ladies and gentleman, I hope you have a stylish week.

 


85 comments:

  1. You took so many my favourites movies! Great choose! Amazing post and pictures!:)

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    1. Thank you so much. I am happy that you enjoyed reading this post. I hope we can continue to stay in touch.

      Sharon

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  2. Great post! Fashion is definitely the big part of many movies! You mentioned a lot of them that I was inspired by: Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina.. I'd also add Sex and the City!
    I'm glad you liked Belle, I'm planning to watch it also!
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    1. Thank you for your comment, Olga. I agree that the fashions in both Sex and the City movies was fantastic. I will have to admit that I enjoyed the fashions more than the plot of the second Sex and the City movie. I enjoyed Belle. I would love to find out your opinion after you see the film.

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  4. Lovely blog! Keep up a good work!
    Maybe you want to follow each other?
    Let me know on my blog & I'll follow right away!
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    1. Thank you, Eva, for the compliment. I will read your latest blog post right away and would love to follow each other.

      Sharon

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  5. Brilliant post! I love fashion from history where women wore big beautiful dresses, When I was much younger I always would daydream about being around in those times wearing one of those gorgeous dresses like the ones pictured above from the Belle film. Audrey Hepburn's fashion is also a fav of mine...to me her style was so classic and feminine

    I really enjoyed this post...thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Keisha. I love watching retro films. Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Katherine Hepburn were among my favorite female film stars of that era. I too loved the dresses they wore back then. They also wore the most beautiful hats and gloves back then. It was all about ladylike style back then.

      Sharon

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  6. I absolutely loveeee the movies and the fashion from it. There's too many for me to chose the favorite!
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    Mia

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    1. Thanks, Mia. There are such amazing collaborations between fashion designers and film makers now. We as lovers of fashion and film get to benefit from the artistic partnership.

      Sharon

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  7. Wow, great inspirations, I see here (it's conected with films and fashion collections as well) amazing clothes, I totally love classy outfits of Audrey Hepburn and chic collection made by Tom Ford (I adore his costumes to Skyfall).

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    1. Tom Ford is a one-of-kind artist. I was broken hearted when he temporarily did not preside over a fashion house. His triumphant return to helm his own fashion house along with his director's role on the film A Single Man was exciting news for me.

      Sharon

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  8. Hi! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, I really appreciatte it! :) Great post! Amazing pictures! Xoxo
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    1. Thanks for visiting, Priscilla, and for your comment. Let's stay in touch.

      Sharon

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  9. Great selection <3

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  10. Thank you for sharing. I love your posts and the beautiful photos! <3 <3 <3. And followed your blog. Welcome to visit:

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa. I truly appreciate your comment. I am going to visit your blog right now.

      Sharon

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  11. Following you too, dear. Could you also follow me via gfc! It means a lot to me.
    Let's keep in touch!
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    1. Hi, Eva:

      Thanks so much. Of course, I will read your latest blog post and follow you back.

      Sharon

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  12. Thoroughly enjoyed this post! Fashion and styling is an integral part of any character in a film. We love how that character and their style can stya with us for years to come and inform our wardrobes and other films of the future.

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    1. I could not have stated it any better. I love that you really understand what compelled me to blog about fashion and film.

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  13. amazing pictures...I love movies and fashion in movies is amazing :) xxx ilaria

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    1. Hi, Ilaria:

      Thank you for always leaving a comment. I am so glad you enjoyed this post.

      Sharon

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  14. great tips!:) I haven't seen the film Belle, but it sounds interesting!♥

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    1. Hi, Petra:

      Thanks so much. I really enjoyed the film and hope you have an opportunity to watch it one day.

      Sharon

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  15. Nice looks!

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  16. Nice post!

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  17. Love This Sharon!!!!!! Great Blog

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. It means a lot to me that you like it so much.

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  18. Great post Sharon. I also get distracted by the style and fashion in movies, it shows where your interest lies. :)

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    1. Hi, Elsie:

      It is great to hear from you. Thanks for your comment. You are spot-on. I would not be such a fashion-lover if I was not distracted by stylish costumes in films.

      Sharon

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    1. Hi, Eva:

      I am so happy you like it. I spend so much time thinking for a fresh way to present fashion topics so I get thrilled when I receive comments such as this.

      Sharon

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  20. Great article S!!! I think that the Melancholia is a film that you can also add to the list.
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    1. Hi, Maja:

      Thanks for your input. I am going to put Melancholia on my must-see films list. I am happy you enjoyed reading this post.

      Sharon

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  21. I really enjoy this post, my favorites movies are on your list. I miss Mouling Rouge on your list and there's another one that I forgot the name jejejej i would let you Know when I will remember it. I'ts a good one.
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    1. Hi, Jackelin:

      Moulin Rouge was a masterpiece and is one of Baz Luhrmann's best films, in my opinion. The costumes were certainly beautiful in the movie. It had been awhile since I saw the movie. Maybe, it is time that I watch it again. If you remember the name of the other movie let me know.

      Sharon

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  22. Great Post! I'm a movie fanatic and fashion lover. It's always great to see both. My most favorite must be The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City.

    XoXo,
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    1. I agree. Maybe watching a movie that contains superb costumes is liking too much sugar and I get over stimulated :). I have loved films and fashion since I was a girl so it makes perfect sense that being able to simultaneously experience both is an extra sensory experience for me.

      Sharon

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  23. OMG! I was thinking the same thing about fashion and movies because I was just working on a post for next week on the movie Clueless. One of my favorites! Confessions of a Shopaholic was another one of my favorites as well! I just love all of the different outfits and the colors. Great post, love this!

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    1. I can't wait to read that post. The impact of Clueless on the fashion industry and with music artists is astounding.

      Sharon

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  24. Sometimes I forget the name of the film but I can tell you every detail of the outfits! My husband is shaking his head when we watch together a film and there is a crime scene and I say: Wow... this shoes don´t fit to this dress.. or .. look at this divine skirt, if I could find out where you can buy it!? ;)
    Wonderful post dear Sharon, was a big pleasure reading it and of course looking at this gorgeous pictures.. very good choices! :)

    Hope you understand my bad english! :(

    have a wonderful day
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    1. Hi, Dana:

      I am the same way. I know it is ridiculous but I get distracted by a character's clothing when I should be focused more on the plot. Thanks so much for the compliment.

      Sharon

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  25. Un post genial!! Algunas películas tienen un vestuario increíble.
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    1. Thanks, Cristina. I am so glad you enjoyed this post. I really appreciate your visit.

      Sharon

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  26. Siempre haces unos post super interesantes!!
    Un besazo guapa
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    1. I am happy that the post was so interesting to you. I work diligently on providing a unique perspective on fashion trends so it makes me so happy when my readers enjoy a post.

      Sharon

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  27. 2nd picture is my favorite :D

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    1. That second picture is full of charming looks. I just adore all of the outfits. Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to comment.

      Sharon

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  28. This post is sooooo put together, thanks for the inspiration, I love the outfits from Great Gatsby, Sex and the City and the Devil wears Prada.

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    1. Thank you so much. I really try hard to put together quality blog posts. The outfits from The Great Gatsby were dazzling. I was truly distracted by the clothing worn in The Devil Wears Prada and the Sex and the City ladies just looked fabulous in the film.

      Sharon

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  29. Great post! I love these photo :)

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    1. Hi, Solange:

      Thank you very much. I am glad you enjoyed browsing the photos.

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  30. Hi Sharon!
    Thanks for share your blog with me. I really love this post, the movies you showed are very iconic and remarkable in the fashion industry history.

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    1. I am happy that you liked reading this post, Nelly. You know how much I enjoyed reading yours. It means a lot that you would take the time to visit my blog.

      Sharon

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  31. Where is the new post?:)

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  32. Beautiful collection of movies! I have watched almost all of them. Love love love American Hustle.
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    1. Thanks, Diana. There were so many stylish movies it was hard to restrain from myself. I, unfortunately, could not list them all. I am glad you like many of the films I decided to feature.

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  33. Amazing picks. I think the whole styling of Breakfast at TIffanys is perfection (from the rooms to the way it's filmed to the outfits and makeup and accesories). My favourite movie, regarding fashion, is Annie Hall, everything Diane Keaton wears is perfection, and it's great at showing how the scense of style of a character changes as the character changes.
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    1. I think Annie Hall was an instrumental movie in making menswear a womenswear trend. Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your input on this topic.

      Sharon

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  34. I often get inspired in movies, so it's great to see you do too!

    Tatyana x
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    1. I absolutely do. Thanks for visiting, Tatyana.

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  36. Great inspiration !!! im loving the fashion that you showing us, the photo with the men fashion is so nice and dapper...cool post

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      I am so glad you enjoyed the post. I just visited your blog. Cool look.

      Sharon

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  37. I really appreciate this post. Its so true that fashion and film do share a relationship with each other. One can influence the other and create such a phenomena of looks from a certain time period. And the actors who dress in them influence the attitude of the clothing that someone might want to wear. Like mad men's don draper and such.

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    1. They almost go hand in hand now. It really proves how instrumental costumer designers have become.

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  38. I definitely have to get my hands on some of these movies because the pictures/ outfits look so nice! Such a great post, thanks for sharing.

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    1. I am glad you liked the post, Tanja, and I hope you do get an opportunity to view some of the films.

      Sharon

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  39. I love movies related to fashion, also TV shows like The OC or Gossip Girl : )

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    1. Hi, Cristina:

      Thanks so much for your comment. I yearn for the wardrobe of many TV characters. At the top of my list is Olivia Pope's wardrobe. During the Sex and the City years it was Charlotte's.

      Sharon

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  40. amazing post, job well done
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    1. I love both fashion and films so I really enjoyed writing this post so much. It is one of my favorite posts. I am so glad you enjoyed reading it.

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